April is a Biochemistry PhD Candidate at Wayne State University, School of Medicine. Her research is focused on the rare neurodegenerative disease, Friedreich’s ataxia. Friedreich’s ataxia is caused by a deficiency in the protein Frataxin, which involves the iron-sulfur cluster assembly pathway.
As a young girl, April who grew up in a town with less than 1,500 people, and never imagined dining with Nobel Laureates or work on projects with members of the National Academy of Sciences. April is passionate about encouraging younger generations, from all backgrounds, to explore the STEM fields.
April’s STEM vision is to increase diversity in the STEM workforce by adults serving as strong role models for our future scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians. April believes that by acting now, we can achieve even representation of the genders and minorities in STEM and secure our future prosperity.